The Mill at Noon

It’s the midday light in this panoramic fisheye view of Building 21 that emphasizes the architectural beauty and vivid colours of the Lobethal Woollen Mill buildings.

read more …

Onkaparinga Barcode Blanket

This felt pen drawing was inspired by the pattern of an Onkaparinga Woollen Mill blanket and fuelled by a powerful sense of place created at the Lobethal Woollen Mills.

read more …

Iceland in Agnes’s Shoes

Agnes’s Shoes was inspired by the journey of author, Hannah Kent, that culminated in her debut novel ‘Burial Rites’

read more …

Listening to silent women

Hear Me is dedicated to the anonymous women who cannot speak out about sexual harassment—inspired by TIME Magazine’s Person of The Year: the ‘Silence Breakers’.

read more …

80 year old X-rays found – part 2

More than 200 X-rays were found while cleaning out the roof-space of a 1930s purpose-built doctor’s residence in the Adelaide Hills.

read more …

80 year old X-rays found – part 1

While gathering these stories and seeking legal permissions, I decided to paint two ‘X-ray style’ oil paintings on canvas for the Adelaide Hills Council’s 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition.

read more …

How to paint a Harley in 9 steps

Painting for the pleasure of another is the greatest reward; anticipation of this pleasure is the greatest anxiety. This Harley was commissioned by a friend as a surprise for her husband’s birthday. It seemed like a fun idea and I had nine months notice — what could possibly go wrong? That year came and went….

Inspiration – Vineyard Dawn, Adelaide Hills

A local dawn vineyard image caught my eye on Instagram and I thought ‘I might paint that one day’, so I screenshot it and forgot it … until, short notice artistic inspiration was required for an upcoming SALA exhibition. Over-zealous-zooming of the original screen shot removed important details like place, date and photographer, but I…

WET

WET. Our survival relies on it. From the fish in this painting, fauna and flora to humanity and our beloved land. Drying is a gradual process, like the boil of a kettle. We instinctively know that watching paint dry or a kettle boil should take a long time. But watching our country dry is taking…

You Can’t Choose Your Family

‘You can’t choose your family,’ said the eighty-nine-year-old man to his five-year-old great-grandson. These are the very words that set me on the well-travelled family history trail; ducking and diving through swathes of digitised records, crawling in and out of rabbit holes lined with red herrings and eventually uncovering a family that you would definitely…

The Escapee

Barney – you taught us that life is short and to enjoy it. You taught us to go out and meet our neighbours. You taught us that a friendly encounter can make your day. You taught us that life isn’t profound. You taught us to just do things – with a good attitude and a…

Unconditional Love

This is Pepi. He was one lady’s best friend and he stuck by her through a failing relationship and very rough times. When she was finally out of that situation and safe, she walked the road of regret over leaving Pepi – even though she had no choice. Her heart had been broken in so…

Encounterpane – SALA 2016

A counterpane on canvas, incorporating print work with loom items used during the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill’s 121 years of operation.  Can you find the nine circular patterns created with the base of a yarn cone and the sixteen Northrop Loom Dropper Drive patterns within Encounterpane? The opportunity to weave history into my art has broadened…

Day Nine – Outback Memories

Memories – Acknowledge them, talk about them, write them down, draw them, paint them, record them – value them. Memories are a gift – they enrich us. Just like other intangibles (hello feelings) they’re stored organically via twitching neurons on our biological hard drive and backed up every time we access them. They’re often taken…

Validation is good for you

Don’t worry about what others think, carry on regardless, be true to yourself – cliche basket empty (for now).  An artist is hit with these relentlessly, and sometimes it’s all you’ve got to cling to as you watch another screwed up ball of paper fly through the air towards the bin – a bittersweet score. …

Happy Accidents – painting becomes drawing

Don’t you just love them? Not all accidents are bad, this one was almost comical as I carefully selected my watercolour paints that would create the stripes you see. My guardian angel and mentor, Anne, saved me with only seconds to spare – you see, I’d drawn the picture in what I thought was a…

Day Eight – Wandering Weave

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, and even before textiles were discovered, branches and reeds were used to make fences and baskets. Weaving today, is a task for all – some use words, relationships, appointments, schedules, art, digital media, textiles (still!), chemicals, food and more – a recipe is woven…